If we want to cure cancer we need to think like venture capitalists: backing big, radical ideas and taking commensurate risks, writes Peter Smith.
With the federal election approaching, policies are needed that end funding uncertainties and consolidate investment in research, writes Merlin Crossley.
The decision to dismantle the provision of ESL services in government schools could have permanent and irreparable damage, write Chris Davison and Michael Michell.
You can't create a one-size-fits-all formula for research impact. Best instead to provide environments in which creativity and innovation can flourish, writes Les Field.
With China investing massive amounts in universities, it's vital for the federal government to make hard policy decisions to ensure our system can be truly globally competitive, writes Professor Iain Martin.
Specialisation and focus is critical and individual scholars sometimes fall in love with their discipline. This can be very good but it can also be bad, writes Merlin Crossley.
The grant application process for NHMRC funding needs urgent reform so that available funds are sensibly and fairly distributed, argues Rakesh Kumar.
It's about time Australia became a card carrying member of the global R&D club, argue Professors Fred Hilmer and Les Field.
UNSW has been awarded more than $58 million for centres of excellence in quantum computing, climate science and population ageing - the best result of any university.
UNSW has won the largest share of any Australian university in the latest round of Federal Government research infrastructure funding.